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Australians in Qatar for F1 testing


Dan McCarthy

Alpine Academy pilots Oscar Piastry and Jack Duhan are in Qatar to drive the 2021 Alpine F1 in what is a pan-Australian test.

For Piast, who is the official racer of the Alpine Reserve, this is another new place to train in a Formula 1 car, while for Duhan it will be his first-ever taste of F1 technology.

Duhan joined the Alpine Academy in January, and he had a tough start to his first season in Formula 2, showing pace, even getting the first pole of the season, but was unable to convert speed in racing.

On Sunday, the 19-year-old will drive a 2021 Alpine F1 for the first time.

“I am very happy to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time,” said Duhan. “This is the point I’ve been working on since I started racing on the cards, and I know these opportunities are extremely privileged.

“I am very grateful to Alpine for this opportunity and I look forward to laying out everything possible on the day of the test.

“I’ve watched some private tests behind the scenes before and I’ve completed a lot of training in the cycle simulator at Anstone, so I definitely feel ready for this challenge.

“I will build myself on this day, enjoy it at the same time and hopefully learn as much as possible with the team.”

The motley has already completed his rounds in Qatar, passing a two-day test on Wednesday and Thursday in the Qatari capital Doha.

Last weekend, Oscar served as a reserve in Miami and rejoined the Formula One team in future meetings in Barcelona and Monaco, after which the Melbourne traveler will travel to Spielberg, Austria, for the third test of his extensive private program.

For Variegated, it was an even more productive and rewarding mileage in the 2021 Alpine specification.

Oscar Piastry has already completed a two-day Formula One test in Qatar

“It was a productive two days of testing in Qatar, where I continued to work with the Formula 1 A521 car,” Piastry said.

“Both days were very hot, but it’s good for fitness.

“Tress has mostly not been used lately, so there were different levels of traction, and the conditions were quite dusty and windy.

“Sometimes it was difficult, but for me it was important to learn how to drive a car in different conditions. I look forward to rejoining the Formula One team in Barcelona and Monaco before the next day of personal testing in June. ”

Alpine Academy Director Julian Rose was delighted to see two impressive Australians in Alpine F1 cars.

“We’re excited to give Jack his first Formula One race,” Rose said. “Since he joined the program earlier this year, we’ve seen Jack grow and grow very fast.

“He spent some time in Anstone to prepare and he is definitely showing promising potential.

“For Oscar, this is his second private test of the year as part of his intensive 2021 Formula One car testing program.

“It’s important for Oscar to stay in shape and at speed in such cars, and we’re excited to continue to support Oscar on his path. He will still have to come within a year. “

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